Ukrainian member of parliament Rustem Umerov reacts to President Biden announcing on Wednesday another $1.2 billion in security and humanitarian assistance on'Fox News @ Night.' An individual's location is typically known to someone or thing at any given time whether using a smartphone or device – such as a drone. This issue has become one of tremendous strategic importance for Ukrainians in their battle against Russian aggression. Allegations have arisen that Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI), a Chinese company that is the world's largest civilian drone manufacturer, has been providing the Russian military with software to track Ukrainians piloting DJI drones used to conduct operations. The matter raises grave new concerns about the behavior of another Beijing technology behemoth and its impact on Ukrainian self-defense efforts. Ukraine's minister of digital transformation sent an open letter to DJI founder Frank Wang in March accusing Russia of using "an extended version of DJI AeroScope" to navigate missiles that are killing Ukrainian civilians.
A stunning drone video has emerged showing a Ukrainian warship narrowly escaping a massive Russian artillery fire, some of which lands as close as 200 feet. The footage, allegedly captured by a shooting spotter drone, shows the Ukrainian vessel Yuri Olefirenko, a Polnochny-class landing ship, coming under Russian attack as it sails along the Bugsko-Dneprovsko-Limansky Canal near the port of Ochakov in Mykolaiv region. According to defense analysts, the incident happened on June 3. The warship appears to be heading to Odessa when invaders rain down missiles on it. The artillery attack covers almost the entire area around the ship, some weapons falling dangerously close to the vessel.
Washington, DC – Despite numerous eyewitness testimonies, investigations by media outlets and rights groups, and a Palestinian probe all determining that Israeli forces fatally shot journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, the United States has not condemned Israel for the killing. Instead, since the veteran Al Jazeera reporter was killed on May 11 in the occupied West Bank, top US officials have insisted that Israel can and should conduct an investigation. But in this US response, many advocates see a familiar script that President Joe Biden's administration has employed on more than one occasion to address Israeli violations: raise concerns, call for more information, and then move on like they never happened. "It's pretty damn thick file of abuses and murders and violations without any end or acceptable outcome as to the investigation of these crimes," Khalil Jahshan, executive director of the Arab Center Washington DC, a think tank, told Al Jazeera. "So that is continuing unfortunately, and governments on purpose bet on the short attention span of the public."
In Japan, a low birth rate and aging of the population are causing the working-age population – those aged between 15 and 64 – to contract dramatically. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)2, Japan's working age population as of October 1, 2021, was 74,504,000, down 584,000 from the previous year. This came to 59.4% of the total population – the smallest it has ever been. And the trend is expected to accelerate. Contraction of the working age population affects society in a number of ways, the biggest concern being potential economic decline due to a shortage of workers. Government and corporations have driven efforts in recent years to grow the number of workers by creating better working environments for women and the elderly, but it is essential that the labor force gets an even bigger boost now in the face of quickening contraction of the available population.
In March, WIRED ran a story with the headline "Russia's Killer Drone in Ukraine Raises Fears About AI in Warfare," with the subtitle, "The maker of the lethal drone claims that it can identify targets using artificial intelligence." The story focused on the KUB-BLA, a small kamikaze drone aircraft that smashes itself into enemy targets and detonates an onboard explosive. The KUB-BLA is made by ZALA Aero, a subsidiary of the Russian weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov (best known as the maker of the AK-47), which itself is partly owned by Rostec, a part of Russia's government-owned defense-industrial complex. The WIRED story understandably attracted a lot of attention, but those who only read the sensational headline missed the article's critical caveat: "It is unclear if the drone may have been operated in this [an AI-enabled autonomous] way in Ukraine." Other outlets re-reported the WIRED story, but irresponsibly did so without the caveat.
In early February, Israel sent six quadcopter drones containing explosives into a facility near the city of Kermanshah that was Iran's main manufacturing and storage plant for military drones, according to a senior intelligence official briefed on the operation. That Israeli attack destroyed dozens of Iran's drones. Iran retaliated by firing ballistic missiles at a housing complex in northern Iraq that it said had been used by Israeli agents to plot attacks against Iran. In June 2021, another attack using a quadcopter drone -- which explodes on impact -- was also launched from within the country. It struck the Iran Centrifuge Technology Company, or TESA, in the city of Karaj.
Businesses in Singapore now will be able to tap a governance testing framework and toolkit to demonstrate their "objective and verifiable" use of artificial intelligence (AI). The move is part of the government's efforts to drive transparency in AI deployments through technical and process checks. Coined A.I. Verify, the new toolkit was developed by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC), which administers the country's Personal Data Protection Act. The government agencies underscored the need for consumers to know AI systems were "fair, explainable, and safe", as more products and services were embedded with AI to deliver more personalised user experience or make decisions without human intervention. They also needed to be assured that organisations that deploy such offerings were accountable and transparent.
The Indian Ministry of Science and Technology said this unique approach uses the predictive power of AI to identify road hazards and a collision warning system to communicate timely alerts to drivers, to make various safety-related improvements. Artificial intelligence (AI)-powered solutions may soon make roads in India a safer place to drive. The Indian government announced on Tuesday that an AI-powered technology could reduce the risk of road accidents in the country, which have killed more than a lakh people in 2020. In a bid to prevent this from happening, the Indian government said the AI approach will use a first-of-its-kind dataset consisting of 10,000 images. He said that this dataset is finely annotated with 34 classes collected from 182 driving sequences on Indian roads obtained from a front-facing camera attached to a car driving through the cities of Hyderabad, Bangalore and their outskirts.
Robocalls have become a modern scourge, the destroyer of focus, the nuisance that somehow cannot be eradicated. But perhaps they can, at least, be repurposed to strike a very small and slightly absurd blow against the Russian government's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Today, a group of international hacktivists launched a website, WasteRussianTime.today, Visit the site, click a button, and it will cycle through a leaked list of Russian government, military, and intelligence phone numbers to connect two random Russian officials--and allow the site's visitor to silently listen in as those officials waste their time trying to figure out why they're speaking to each other and who initiated the call. "We're hoping for confusion, that they get annoyed, and that these might even be interesting calls to listen to for people who speak Russian," says one of the site's creators who goes by the name Shera.